If there is something humans and animals have in common apart from the end of one’s life is that all forms of life love to eat.
Apart from housing and clothing, food is necessary for one’s survival, and the kind of diet that you have plays a vital role in determining the type of life you are going to lead.
If you notice, fruits and vegetables do not have nutritional labels compared to many packaged items found in the grocery store; it is because these foods are not processed and are ready-to-eat.
Fruits and vegetables contain healthy carbohydrates. They have the right amount of protein, minimal in fat, and are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fibers. Moreover, they are low in calories but are high in nutrients. Therefore, counting calories will not be an issue.
For a healthy and well-balanced diet, it is necessary to eat a variety of colored fruits and vegetables because different foods provide distinct types and amounts of essential nutrients that can help reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.
Unless you are planning to consume the water where you boiled your vegetables, cook them in as little water as possible for a minimal amount of time to retain the vitamins, minerals, and other vital nutrients fruits and vegetables have. To maximize its nutrients, dry cooking methods such as grilling, roasting, and stir-frying is possible. It is also acceptable to eat your vegetables raw or steamed, but you must clean them properly first.
The availability of various types of fruits and vegetables depends on the season. Therefore, to carefully plan out your meals, you should know what foods are available currently. But nothing beats buying fresh and organic produce from your friendly local market.
Here are a few examples of vegetables (and its benefits) that you could add to your daily diet below:
- Celery: can help reduce bloating; gives a refreshing feeling.
- Bell peppers: can help lose weight and makes your eyes healthier; can be eaten raw or lightly grilled.
- Cherries: can help you sleep better; high in antioxidants.
- Broccoli: great for skin; can make your eyes healthier; loaded with antioxidants; can be steamed, or even added to pasta or brown rice.
- Sweet potatoes : can help with weight loss; keeps you full; helps you focused during the day; gives you a boost in energy; can be steamed or baked in the oven or eaten cold in the salad when cooked.
- Cilantro: rich in phytonutrients and Vitamin A; can make your eyes healthier, can make your hair stronger; it is a well-known herb used in guacamole and salsa.
- Avocados: filled with healthy fats, a high quantity of fiber; because of its natural oils, it is excellent for digestive health, skin, and hair.
- Cauliflower: it is high in vitamins and minerals; can help improves digestion; one of the best foods on earth; can be eaten raw with hummus or steamed for a few minutes, and can be eaten together with broccoli and carrot sticks.
Fruits and vegetables that come from Mother Nature may not come with nutritional facts labels like all packaged items in the groceries do, but the benefits of eating these are limitless because these are natural and did not undergo any forms of chemical preservation to lengthen its storage life and that is what your body needs the most to thrive!